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Is it possible to keep my account linked to my Windows Live ID, but use a different password for logging on to my computer?

I know I can set up a PIN or a picture password for logging in locally, and those obviously aren't required for signing into my Live account on other devices (my Xbox, for example).

I don't want to set up a PIN or picture password, but I would like a password separate from my Live ID.

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Out of curiosity, why not change your Live ID password to be what you want to use on your windows-8 system? –  Darth Android Oct 31 '12 at 21:26
    
My Live ID password is easy to type on an Xbox or a phone, but not so easy to type on a keyboard. I could come up with a new one, but then I'd also have to change it on my other devices. If there's no other solution, that's definitely what I'll do. –  Tanis.7x Oct 31 '12 at 21:31
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I would have to say 'NO' it's not possible.

To me any attempt to uncouple the password on the two locations would defy the logic of logging on with a Live ID account / password.

Also, if you succeeded, what would happen if you logged on at a different machine?

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Presumably I would be similarly given the option of changing my password locally. If I set a PIN on this machine with my Live ID, what happens if I log in on another machine? I know I'm thinking of this more as linking my Live ID to a local account whereas the reality is that I am logging in as my Live ID, but I'm hoping there is a way to make it more link-like. –  Tanis.7x Nov 1 '12 at 13:22
    
If security is not a problem, (I have a desktop at home and no teenagers), you could logon automatically without typing the password at all. –  Guy Thomas Nov 1 '12 at 21:41
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Yes, I was also disappointed, because my password is long and complex, is a pain to type.

I fixed the problem using a fingerprint reader. Just press the finger on it and you login without pressing any other key.

Some laptops, like mine, have the fingerprint reader. I never used it before, but now I find it very useful

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There is an easy way to use a different password to log in to your Microsoft account and Windows Live account. This trick is unbelievable but it works. Follow these steps:

  1. First of all, change your Live ID password to a simple one that you can type easily on a keyboard, then use this password to log on to your Windows 8 system.
  2. Next, change your Live ID password to a strong one via https://login.live.com/.
  3. Now you can log in to Windows 8 using a simple password, while logging into Windows Live account online using a strong password.
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